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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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Address: 826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107
Phone Number: 901-527-3427
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Description: Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this...
Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.
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Don't let the area fool you.

I read all the negative reviews first and I must say, do not let that discourage you. 1) It is in a bad area of town, however when the house was first built it was a very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Stacey V
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I read all the negative reviews first and I must say, do not let that discourage you. 1) It is in a bad area of town, however when the house was first built it was a very flourished area and was right down the street from slave markets and 2 blocks from the Mississippi river. How was the original owner... More 

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Noble, Oklahoma, United States
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I agree with the positive reviews - this is a must see historical landmark. The oral tour is informative and given by people who are extremely knowledgeable about the home's history and the time period in general. Keep in mind that you are touring a small house with 30 other people - it gets tight. Everyone is going room to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Not as many trap doors and passages as i wouldve expected. Very good information, disorganized but not a waste of time

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This was quite good. Really appreciated the informal/verbal narrative while we wandered around the house. Went on a Saturday and tour was quite crowded and disorganized which took away from the tour. Be sure to book ahead and maybe go at an off hour. Some of the narrative seemed speculative. The very end was like a sales pitch for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you go to Memphis, you have to carve some time out to get to the roots of the struggle for emancipation and all that has followed in our nation's (continuing) dark history. If you go nowhere else, make this your one must visit destination. It can be a little chaotic when it gets busy and the staff do their... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Having read good reviews of this museum on TripAdvisor, two of us visited it while in Memphis briefly. Knowing about slavery is just not the same as seeing the actual newspaper advertisements and articles, and the implements that supported it. It was heartbreaking, illuminating, sickening and educational. Elaine and Diane were excellent guides for our two-hour tour.

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Sutton Coldfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Our excellent guide Elaine took us through the tour. It was great to know there were some people who sought to right the injustice in society. We need more of them today. Thank you for a thought provoking visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I am so glad we went there. I learned a lot. I hope every school in Memphis take there students here. The staff was so friendly and knew a lot. They had a nice museun store and the tour wasn't to long or to short. I enjoyed my visit at the museum even if the slave history is terrible.

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Inwood, West Virginia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My husband and I had some time and decided to find this home and take the tour and we are so glad we did. We visited this home in between Christmas and New Years. The women there that gave the tour had so much history to share that I was my husband were so stunned and amazed with so much... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I was extremely impressed by my visit to the Slave Haven, in large part because of the tour guide I had today. She was extremely knowledgable about everything in the displays and was able to tie what they have there with other bits of information she thought would be useful/interesting, which I found really helpful being Australian and not really... More 

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